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Leading Our Children, Part 2

I think the key to my parenting was this: The particular "mommy" or "career" track I was on at any point didn't seem to matter nearly as much as living the one life I had to the best of my ability. For me, that meant involving my children as much as I could in my pursuits. Most of the time, however, it was not direct involvement, but a day-to-day sharing of dreams, complete with successes and failures.

For those of you who are both leader and parent, your matrix of mothering may look entirely different from mine. Yet if you view passion (that is. living significantly) as a requirement for life and not an option, you will infect your children with a view of life that will help them create rich, God-honoring lives. Rather than just making do with life or worse, settling in as victims of circumstance, you will lead them into the realm of possibility. Regardless of the track you've chosen, if you have a dream, live a dream, and share that dream with your children. They will become dreamers and livers of dreams.

Oh, there's one parenting track I left out. It's called the "realized life" track. We have not because we ask not. Ask for the strength and grace to develop your gifts to their fullest potential. Don't settle for living someone else's life or the one you think you've been handed. Even if you have only an hour or two a week to do it, start co-creating your best life with God, and your children will do the same.

March02, 2007 at 8:28 AM

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